By Staff Writer Kira Bruce
Allow me to start this off by clarifying that I am not a murderer. I have never murdered anyone and I would not like to. However, I have always had an interest in reading and watching documentaries about notorious serial killers and cold cases.
When classmate Lauren Talbot (Political Science/Sustainability, 2022) suggested the Crime Junkies: true crime podcast to me I knew I would have to try it. I’ve never been super into podcasts because I’m a more visual person but the next day when I was driving to school I figured I would give it a go. The first episode I listened to was the story of Alice Crimmins.
The podcast is hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat. Based out of Indianapolis Indiana, this podcast has been producing true-crime content since 2017. In order to give an idea of what this podcast is like, the following is a review and play-by-play of the episode I listened to. If this strikes your fancy, consider giving it a listen.
Alice Crimmins is a woman who was living in the 1960s, she had a husband Eddie Crimmins and two kids Missy and Eddie Jr. Alice and Eddie were living separately due to issues they were having with their marriage. These issues stemmed from Alice’s known promiscuity.
The couple found themselves in a custody battle over their children when one morning Alice woke up and Missy and Eddie Jr. were nowhere to be found. She immediately thought her husband Eddie had taken them. She called him but he said he did not have them.
Alice and Eddie called the police and thus started a lengthy investigation into what had happened. When the police arrived at Alice’s home the lead investigator had, within 30 minutes, decided that Alice was to blame.
Missy was found dead the same day Alice called the police; Eddie Jr. wasn’t for another five days. The detectives claimed that Alice was pretending to grieve in front of the media when they forced her to identify her young daughter’s dead body as it was found on a riverbank.
The detectives, who were clearly harboring some bias toward Crimmins, ignored all other suspects and focused their investigation on to Alice. The main detective had some sort of personal vendetta against her because he thought “good women” should not have multiple sexual partners – as Alice Crimmins was known to have.
They labeled Alice as a sex-crazed woman and said that she was not a suitable wife or mother. The investigation turned away from her children and onto her private life. The New York Police Department tapped her phones and watched her house for three years without finding any evidence pointing to Alice.
Alice Crimmins would eventually be convicted for the murder of her two children, although no evidence was ever found against her. The jury was all white, middle-aged men.
The podcast, after giving an overview of the case, began to speculate as to who the killer may actually have been. There were certainly other suspects that the police brushed aside due to their blinders that kept them focused on Alice Crimmins.
One example of these suspects was a man who was breaking into houses in the neighborhood. Four days before the Crimmins’ children went missing this man broke into a house just down the street from their house to steal a wallet. While he was breaking into the house one of the children in the house woke up. The man asked this little boy if he would like to come with him, the boy said he wasn’t allowed to and the man left.
But, alas, Alice served 5 years in prison before being let out on parole. I truly believe the only reason she was convicted was because she made the lead investigator angry that she was a sex having woman. After listening to this episode I was hooked. Since then I’ve listened to ten other episodes and they’re all equally interesting as the Crimmins case.